Desiderata

Poetry that by just reading it brings calm. It is full of great advice on living.


Poems about Life

Desiderata
Written by Max Ehrmann in 1927

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing future of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.

Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness. Beyond wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labours & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.


Quotes about Life



"You can cover a great deal of country in books."Andrew Lang

"Go for it now. The future is promised to no one." Wayne Dyer

"Give yourself something to work toward - constantly." Mary Kay Ash

"There's no place like home." Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz

"Life is like a cup of tea, it's all in how you make it." Irish Proverb

"Best efforts will not substitute for knowledge." W. Edwards Deming

"The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything." William Connor Magee

"Opportunities are seldom labeled." John A. Shedd

Blessings you should count, never stay focused on troubles."

"You never know when you're making a memory." Rickie Lee Jones


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